Merge & Al's Excellent Adventures

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Fukuoka – breathtaking beauty in bronze

I have always wanted to visit the Nanzo-in Temple, home of the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world.  So I was very excited to…

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Kobe – Nunobiki scents and Nankinmachi Chinatown

In March 2024, I had the opportunity to visit Kobe, Japan for the first time.  I had been close by in Osaka in October 2023,…

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Spirited Shibuya City – where history meets trendy

Shibuya City is one of Tokyo‘s most iconic and vibrant wards, known for its bustling atmosphere, cutting-edge fashion, and entertainment options.  So when the MS…

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Underwater magic at Grand Turk Island

The Turks and Caicos (T&C) Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Cuba, and north of the Dominican Republic. …

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St. Lucia by Segway

Over the years, I have visited St. Lucia several times.  In fact, one time, Al and I spent two whole weeks there enjoying the sun,…

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I can never get enough Singapore!

Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that stands out as a global financial center and a bustling multicultural hub.  Most people know it for its strict…

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Breathtaking Borobodur

Semarang, the capital of Central Java, is a vibrant city that blends rich history with modern growth, and is a tourist destination in its own…

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Mmmmm …. Probolinggo mangoes

Probolinggo is a city on the north coast of East Java, Indonesia, and serves as a port and administrative center.  The city is known primarily…

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Bali – as beautiful as you’ve heard ….

Last December 2023, I got to spend two full days on the Indonesian “Island of the Gods” Bali.  Everything you’ve ever heard about its blend…

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Beach serenity in Lombok

Lombok, an island in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, is known for its stunning natural landscapes that range from pristine beaches to the rugged, majestic…

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Journey to Komodo Island, home of the prehistoric Komodo dragon

In December 2024, I got a chance to check off a long-time bucket list item – seeing Komodo dragons in their natural habitat.  I’ve been…

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